Music Theory & Musicianship Courses & Classes in London and Online

Musicianship courses will support your instrumental or vocal studies with a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory courses please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Song writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover creative techniques to help structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians, singers and songwriters to inspire you to compose in a variety of genres and styles, and finish half completed songs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00

  2. Learn to read music: taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn to name and recognise notes. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. Swing jazz rhythm notation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This online session aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Music theory: counterpoint 2

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 3 next term. Scheduled break week: 15 Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Music theory: diploma topics 2

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Prescribed works. Mid-term break: 15 Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa B

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This practical course focuses on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part C next term. Break week: 15 Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  7. Music theory: grade 2

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your knowledge of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in simple and compound time. Explore the concept of ledger lines, minor scales, intervals, and common key signatures, terms and signs. Scheduled break week: 16th Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. These live online sessions are suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read yet.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  9. Music theory: grade 5

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and

    standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams. break week: 18th Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  10. Musicianship 2: ear training

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. We will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included. Live online sessions.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  11. Musicianship 2: bass clef, scales and rhythm

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    If you understand time signatures and major scales in C, F and G, join this course to learn about minor scales and the bass clef, and to develop rhythm writing and playing. Live online sessions.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. Musicianship 2: rhythm

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Supplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will listen and play in these live online sessions, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  13. Music theory: introduction to composition techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Apply theoretical knowledge gained from studying up to grade 5 in ABRSM music theory to further understand harmonic writing and chord progression in major and minor tonalities, to write short, typically 8 bar, compositions consisting of melody, harmony and bass, preparing you for the grade 6 theory syllabus. Break week: 21st Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to navigate music scores and analyse basic structures. Learn to identify stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Music theory: grade 8

    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn more complex elements of music such as writing two-part counterpoint above a given harmony, writing for keyboard in historical styles, writing melodies for instrument, and analysing a score (ornaments, harmonic structure, phrase structure, style, performance directions, use of voices and instruments). NB: this course has several scheduled breaks: 29 Mar, 5th and 12 April (Easter) and 3rd, 17th, 31st May (which includes the Bank holiday Mondays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

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